The Ultimate Bluff

A few years ago I watched an interesting video on YouTube about the Masai tribe. They live in Eastern Africa between Southern Kenya and Northern Tanzania. Three of the Masai men trailed a pride of lions. The lions trailed the zebras, antelopes and wildebeests.

Moments later the hungry pride struck gold and killed a wildebeest. They started to feast. Suddenly, the Masai men came out of nowhere and started to walk towards the starving and aggressive lions. As the men approached, the lions scattered like a group of startled domestic cats, leaving their fresh kill exposed and open for the taking. The Masai men quickly pulled out their machetes and cut an entire leg for themselves, before quickly and confidently fleeing the scene.

I couldn’t believe my eyes.

But after contemplating what happened and adding a dose of philosophy into the mix, I know how these brave men, did what they did. With each strong and sturdy step, the Masai tribe walked over to the pride of lions like they owned them. Even if momentarily, they psyched out one of the most strongest and feared animals on the planet.

Then it dawned on me. Confidence is an important trait to foster. The knowing of what you will do without hesitation can help you go after exactly what you want. This is different from the, “fake it till you make it” bullshit that you may have heard. Instead, being self-assured, confident and determined creates a noble path for something better.

For the Masai men, it was about survival, which makes for a very compelling why. 

What’s yours? 

Anand

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